Richardville to serve on Senate auto industry workgroup
LANSING - Sen. Randy Richardville has been appointed by Senate Majority Leader Michael D. Bishop to serve on the Senate Auto Industry Action Team, a group that will explore how to best support Michigan’s auto industry and its suppliers.
“If Michigan’s auto industry failed, it would have a devastating impact on the state economy, auto employees, and many small businesses that supply parts for carmakers,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “My Senate colleagues and I will be reviewing how the state can help the companies continue operating now and in the future.”
Given the importance of automobile manufacturing to Michigan, the workgroup will focus on challenges facing the industry, the impact of these challenges on state residents, and actions the state should take to help the companies.
“Senator Richardville has served on several major conference committees and workgroups in the past,” said Bishop, R-Rochester. “His role as a member of this workgroup will be vital as we look for ways to improve the auto industry in Michigan and help it become successful once again.”
Richardville recently met with Neil De Koker, president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, when De Koker testified before state lawmakers on how Michigan can succeed by providing a competitive workforce, competitive corporate tax structure and cost effective logistics infrastructure. The association represents 325 original equipment suppliers that design, develop and manufacture the parts that go into new vehicles.
In addition to Richardville and Bishop, the auto workgroup will include Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Cropsey, R-DeWitt; Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City; and Sen. Bill Hardiman, R-Kentwood.
Editor’s note: A photograph of Sen. Richardville and Neil De Koker is available on the Senate Majority Photowire.
Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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